Mid-Week Meme ~ Audiobook Week Post #3

Today’s Audiobook Week topic was unveiled this morning on Devourer of Books. It was fun to have something unprepared for this morning. Here is what I came up with:

Current/most recent audiobook:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton


I finally started listening to this because all the internet was talking about it on Monday for Audiobook Week. I’ve only listened to the first 25 minutes, but the basic storyline is interesting and I’m loving the 80s references. This is my first Wil Wheaton listen. He tone of voice is a lot like Bob Mould’s and I like it.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:

A Land More Kind Than Home, which I reviewed yesterday, is one of my current favorites. Any audiobook that makes you clap in the middle is a good listen. Bring Up the Bodies, which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, is another recent favorite. Henry VIII + Simon Vance = pure bliss in my book.

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

Can I just use Devourer of Books’ complete answer? No? That’s plagiarism? Well crap! I’ll write this for myself then.

Dan Stevens knocked my socks of in Stef Penney’s The Invisible Ones. I listened to that audiobook before I watched Downton Abbey. I love Downton Abbey and Stevens’ character Matthew Crawley, but I think Dan Stevens is even better as an audiobook narrator.

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:

AudioGo gave away these awesome audiobook cards at the BEA Bloggers Conference. One of them was for Karin Slaughter’s Criminal. I’m looking forward to getting my pants scared off while listening to this audiobook narrated by Kathleen Early.

Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):

This is the hardest question. I’ve got the narrators who’d make up the dream team, but I’m having a hard time thinking of the perfect book for the pairing. I’m going to go with something that, to my knowledge, does not yet exist. I would love for Sarah Waters to write a tragically gothic novel about lovers told from each person’s point of view. The narrators would be Simon Vance and Juliet Stevenson. It would be amazing. Internet, make it happen.

While I’m waiting on that, I have to say that the D. H. Lawrence mashup poem that Xe Sands and Robin Sachs narrated together and published on Monday was outstanding (be sure to have something to fan yourself with)! More of that, please!!!


  • At 2012.06.27 08:27, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

    Um, that WOULD be an amazing audiobook. Did you see Michelle’s answer? It might just kill you (in a good way).

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    • At 2012.06.27 13:14, Jennifer said:

      I would die a happy, happy death. LOL!

    • At 2012.06.27 08:31, MIchelle said:

      Have you listened to The Little Stranger? Didn’t work for me but it’s 2/3s of your dream team.

      • At 2012.06.27 13:16, Jennifer said:

        I did listen to The Little Stranger and it was okay. The ending left me feeling all weird. Still, with Waters at the top of her game and Vance and Stephenson behind the microphones, it would be heaven – well as heaven as you get get outside of #allthesimons. 😉

      • At 2012.06.27 08:50, JoAnn said:

        An audiobook with Simon Vance and Juliet Stevenson reading would be *perfect*… I won’t even be picky about the author;-)

        • At 2012.06.27 13:17, Jennifer said:

          I could negotiate the author, too. The question requested an author and narrator, so I felt kind of obligated. LOL!

          • At 2012.06.27 14:19, Xe Sands said:

            Oh I am with you both! What a beautiful pairing that would be, especially with the material you suggested 🙂

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          • At 2012.06.27 09:06, Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said:

            What’s an audibook card? 🙂

            • At 2012.06.27 13:18, Jennifer said:

              They are little credit card looking things that provide a URL and a code to download a free digital copy of an audiobook. They are fun. My kids play with mine now that I’ve actually used them.

            • At 2012.06.27 09:06, Cassandra said:

              Now I’m going to have to listen to The Invisible Ones. You, Jen and Michelle have got me curious. You know, I don’t think I’ve listened to any books that were published this year in audio except The Bloggess’ memoir. I need to get that fixed!

              • At 2012.06.27 13:19, Jennifer said:

                The Invisible Ones is incredible! I think you’ll love it. Since it came out this year, it’s the best way to cover both. 🙂

                • At 2012.06.27 14:21, Xe Sands said:

                  I’m in the same boat. I heard the clip some months back and THAT blew me away…and Audible clips *never* blow me away (they choose minutes 12-17, I believe, at random). And I’m proud to say that he will only be a narrator to me as I have yet to see him act in anything! Perhaps one of us will be lucky enough to win the audio copy and can share it between us, Cassandra!

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                • At 2012.06.27 09:17, Tanya Patrice said:

                  I might have to do a re-read of Ready Player One – on audiobook because everyone is gushing about it!

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                  • At 2012.06.27 13:20, Jennifer said:

                    Do it! It’s magnificent (the first 3 hours is, anyway). 🙂

                  • At 2012.06.27 09:31, Kelli said:

                    OK, that’s it. I am definitely going to have to try something narrated by Dan Stevens. If it wasn’t the abridged version, I’d try his narration of Wolf Hall (Audible.co.uk) so I’m off to find something else of his.

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                    • At 2012.06.27 13:20, Jennifer said:

                      Boo for abridged audiobooks! I don’t know why they make them. I suppose there is an audience out there somewhere. Just not in my house. The Invisible Ones is really good. I need to find something else he’s done.

                      • At 2013.01.03 19:11, Kate said:

                        I have to put a vote in here for Dan Stevens narration of Wolf Hall, it is the best I’ve listened to and I’ve listened to a lot of audio books. Since listening to Wolf Hall I’ve listened to almost everything he’s narrated; it is a beautifully written book and beautifully read. I just don’t want to stop listening to him read that book; it’s more like poetry. None of the others he’s done match Wolf Hall. Yes I know the audiobook is abridged (and I really dislike abridged books) but having read the book, very, very little is actually taken out. The sample on Audible.co.uk is the first chapter, is very different to the rest of the book and doesn’t do it justice.
                        I hope you give it try, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

                      • At 2012.06.27 10:55, Emma @ Words And Peace said:

                        Ready Player One is on my TBL!
                        here are my other answers: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/06/27/mid-week-meme-audiobook-week-discussion/

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                        • At 2012.06.27 13:21, Jennifer said:

                          Listen to it! You won’t regret it!

                        • At 2012.06.27 11:49, Dorothy - The Alaskan Bookie said:

                          Ha! So I am not the only one who ‘WOW’ed over Xe Sands and Robin Sachs. They are my dream team!

                          So many good books mentioned this week, I am keeping one tab open on audible so I can look them up as I go.

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                          • At 2012.06.27 13:22, Jennifer said:

                            Xe and Robin make a great dream team. This week is a dangerous time to keep Audible up. My credits are long gone already.

                          • At 2012.06.27 12:51, Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks said:

                            I love that you are listening to Ready Player One because of all the mentions this week. That is the same reason it will be my next listen. 🙂

                            • At 2012.06.27 13:22, Jennifer said:

                              It’s one of the best things to come out of Audiobook Week. 🙂

                            • At 2012.06.27 13:31, Nise' said:

                              I have The Invisible Ones on my fav list because of Dan Stevens! A Land More Kind Than Home is up next! I have yet to listen to Juliet Stevenson (I think)!

                              • At 2012.06.27 13:52, Bob said:

                                Wil Wheaton isn;t the best technical narrator, but he does two things exceptionally well. He picks titles that are particularity suited to him, and his understanding of the text and what it requires is uncanny at times. Ready Player One is a great example of his work.

                                I have yet to listen to Dan Stevens, but Fall of Giants has been hovering around on my TBL pile for a while.

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                                • At 2012.06.27 14:23, Xe Sands said:

                                  Oh my dear – thank you for the appreciation of the Lawrence/Sachs/Me combo. I love working with him and find that, given the perfect match in material, we do sound kinda remarkable together. Now to find the right project and convince a publisher to make it happen…

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                                  • At 2012.06.28 08:07, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

                                    OOH Ready Player One! Have fun! 🙂

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